October Nine: Robert Salaburu

August 29, 2012

With just over 15 million chips, 27-year-old Texan Robert Salaburu has the seventh largest chip stack in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event final table which will reconvene in late October at the Rio All Suites in Las Vegas, Nevada. He’s already guaranteed at least $750K, which will be the largest win of his career.

Salaburu began playing poker at 16 and has been playing ever since. Like many poker pros, he began playing Internet poker in college and then dropped out of school to pursue a career in poker.

Salaburu started out playing live cash games early in his career and then eventually began playing online poker tournaments. Most of his tournament experience came from online tournaments (his online handle, “treadindank”) and not live tournaments, though he has played in the Main Event the past three years, which has to count for something. He will definitely be feeling the pressure though as he heads into the Main Event final table.

Unfortunately, his career was lulled, like so many others, after Black Friday, and he now plays live and has opened a car lot to supplement his poker income.

With less than $50K in live tourney cashes, this car salesman by day, may never have to work again come October.

When asked, “Why poker?” he responded, “I have never been good at reporting to people and taking orders from people, so I had to figure out something in a hurry. I guess I just kind of stuck with what I knew.”

This seemingly grounded guy has just as good a chance as any of the other October Niners at taking the title, outside of a few million chips.


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